Jennifer Lawrence is at the point in her career when she can basically do no wrong. She tripped up the stairs accepting her Oscar, flipped off photographers snapping photos of her, and everyone just loved her the more for it.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” star covers the September issue of Vogue, which seeks to delve into some of the mystery of Jennifer Lawrence. It turns out she was actually pretty weird as a kid, and had no aspirations to become an actress until she got randomly scouted to be a model as a teenager.
She also isn’t as comfortable with her fame as she sometimes seems. At one point during her dinner with the Vogue reporter, Lawrence snapped at a woman taking cell phone photographs of her at the table next to her. She also avoided going out to locations where her “demographic” gangs out.
“If I were just your average 23-year-old girl, and I called the police to say that there were strange men sleeping on my lawn and following me to Starbucks, they would leap into action. But because I am a famous person, well, sorry, ma’am, there’s nothing we can do. It makes no sense,” she laments. “You have to make peace with it. I am just not OK with it. It’s as simple as that. I am just a normal girl and a human being, and I haven’t been in this long enough to feel like this is my new normal. I’m not going to find peace with it.”
Interestingly enough, that discomfort with fame has helped her connect more with her “Catching Fire” character, Katniss Everdeen. They both have been on similar journeys, even though Lawrence doesn’t find herself fighting to the death.
“When ‘Winter’s Bone’ was getting nominated,” she says, “I had only done indies, and suddenly I was introduced to this brand-new world where I didn’t feel like myself. I was in these weird gowns and listening to people talk about things I didn’t understand. And I remember reading that in the book and being like, Oh, my God, I know exactly what this feels like.”
She continues, “I don’t know what it’s like to get ready for your death, but I do know what it’s like to be almost a puppet. And then when I was making the second film, I had become more acquainted with that world, and I think that’s something that Katniss experiences. She is different when she comes back. She does feel more comfortable in the Capitol; she understands the people more, and it’s not as eerie and scary and unfamiliar. She kind of knows how to work the system.”
But sometimes Lawrence comes off so candid and effortless that it makes it seem like she’s not working the system at all. For instance, at one point during the interview she delves into a “20 minute monologue about sponges” that turns into an example of why she and ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult didn’t work out.
“He would never wring them out. We were in the kitchen once, and I picked up the sponge, and it was soapy and wet, and I was like, ‘See?’ These are the kinds of things that make me think we are never going to work,” she says.
Just don’t ask her if she likes where she’s at right now. Though Lawrence seems to be taking everything in stride, she admits, “It still makes me a little emotional, just to see how quickly everything kind of changes … that it changes so fast. So I’ve kind of been a big homebody lately. But I think eventually, one of these days, I guess when the next franchise starts and I’m not in it, and the new Jennifer Lawrence is born, then I’ll be able to go outside.”